Great point about the Jazz, they even had Sloan. Who was their center though? I don't think they had a very good one, but I don't remember.
Mavs, well, Tyson Chandler was a big difference. I want to get Dalembert and Turiaf to be our two main centers, but I don't know if we'll have the cap space next season, and I rather keep Turiaf.
NYallDay posted what I was gonna post about the Mavs keeping LeBron out of the paint. If we added the defensive players, a good coach, and a center, we might also make LeBron look not that good. Wade will usually play good no matter which team he plays, but LeBron, well a lot of his game was players letting him go to the basket. The Mavs proved it wasn't him being amazing in the lane, it was just no defense plus getting tons of foul calls in his favor whether he got fouled or not when he was with Cleveland.
Yes, they still got to the Finals their first year, and won two games. Can't argue that it wasn't successful the way their team was built thus far, but the Bulls are a SG away from improving a lot. And we're a coach, defensive players, and a center away.
I also believe if Fields gets back to his form before the Melo trade, he could be an All-Star. He has the IQ, ability, hustle, AND athleticism to do it. If he does become an All-Star or close to one we won't be able to afford him on his next contract with another max if he's not traded.
Isn't Chuck Hayes a pretty good/great defender? That's what I heard. There ARE guys available out there.